Everyone knows that the tooth fairy comes visiting when baby teeth begin falling out. Since the dawn of time (maybe), she’s been making the rounds leaving one, two and five-cent coins under the pillows of gappy mouth kids. Back when I was young, this was an incredibly exciting time because that five-cent coin could buy a bag of lollies down at the dairy. In fact, it could practically buy an entire week’s worth of groceries, or maybe even a car.
Okay, so my understanding of money wasn’t that great when I was young. My boys though, seem to have an overestimated belief that baby teeth are worth significantly more nowadays. This got me to thinking about the tooth fairy and what her current going rate is. I also wanted answers about what the tooth fairy does with her collected teeth, and what tooth fairy traditions exist for others. So I found out.
What Does the Tooth Fairy Pay Per Tooth?
In Spain, the tooth fairy is a mouse called El Ratoncito Perez who takes baby teeth in return for a treat or a coin. In Egypt and Asia, she doesn’t exist at all, with baby teeth being thrown into the air to hope that the sun returns adult ones to earth. She misses out in Mongolia, as baby teeth are fed to pet dogs to ensure that adult teeth are as strong as the bone-eating dog.
It’s no wonder she’s got plenty of cash (apparently) if not all the countries in the world request her presence.
The Original Tooth Fairy Poll has been asking people how much the tooth fairy is leaving when she takes baby teeth away. It came at no surprise to me and probably won’t to you that the price of a tooth has risen faster than inflation! Turns out this fairy is onto a good thing!
Down to the numbers, it seems that in the USA in 2019 she is paying on average $3.70 per tooth, up from $1.50 in 2001. Umm, okay.
I did some research of my own and found out that here in New Zealand, she leaves anywhere between 50 cents to $20 per tooth! $20! I am so in the wrong business here, and my boys are lamenting the fact she doesn’t leave anything near that in the Squoodles house.
While there’s nothing wrong with dreaming about getting rich thanks to baby teeth, I can’t see it catching on in this house. She may leave $1 on a generous night, but she does leave behind some Fairy Dust, which my boys think is pretty magical in itself.
As for what happens to baby teeth the tooth fairy has collected? She builds toys for baby fairies, uses them to build castles or feeds them to the pet dogs – only kidding. She may or may not have a little wooden box she keeps them in, safely inside the grown-up zone of the Squoodles house.
How about your tooth fairy? What does she pay and what does she do with the baby teeth she has collected? Let us know in the comments below…